Romance Giveaway Hop

So from the eighth through fourteenth of October, Celebrating Romance is sponsoring a Romace Giveaway Hop. You know what that is, right?

If you visit the blogs listed at their site, you'll have the opportunity to win a romance novel. Heck, you'll have the opportunity to win something at every site listed. And yes, this is one of the stops.

So what can you win here? That would be a kindle ebook of A Knight in Cowboy Boots. And why should you want to win it? Well, I may be bias, but I think it's a great story. "Why should you believe me?" you ask. Ah, the world is full of skeptics. To help you decide, here's an excerpt.

“Let me get that there drink for the lady, Pete.” Mr. East Texas Drawl stepped up to the bar. “That is, if the lady don’t mind?”

She turned her head cautiously, afraid moving too fast would blur her vision.

Mr. East Texas was watching her, waiting for a cue his offer was welcome.

Maddie cleared her throat. “Thank you.”

Oh, crap. She sounded all Marilyn Monroe breathy.

He handed the bartender a ten. Maddie expected him to pull up the next barstool. Instead, he shoved it over with his foot and leaned one elbow against the bar. “So what’s a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?”

Maddie laughed. It should have sounded old, trite, and corny, but nothing said in that drawl could sound anything but enchanting to her. Her laughter lit something deep in Mr. East Texas’s dark eyes. Maddie suddenly felt warm. Sitting-in-front-of-a-raging-fire-on-a-cold-winter-night warm. The flutter in her heart moved into the pit of her stomach.

“Don’t tell the bartender, but I’m casing the place to see if I want his job.” Maddie said, keeping her voice conversational. The bartender's eyebrows rose, but he didn’t comment. He’d no doubt seen this dance often enough.

“Ah, well. Looking for employment. That’s respectable then.” Mr. East Texas nodded sagely. “Though I gotta admit, I was hoping you was here for less reputable reasons.”

“You mean like looking for a man to take me away from all this?” Maddie's open-handed gesture included the entire bar.

“Even the best watering holes have a long tradition of that sorta thing. Why, my daddy met my mamma in a place a lot like this.”

Maddie fought to keep a grin from breaking out across her face. How long had it been since she’d engaged in light-hearted banter, never mind flirting? It seemed like eons. “Really?”

“Well, maybe there wasn’t as much brass and mirrors. Or the selection of beverages this fine establishment has. And there ain’t no straw on the floor nor fiddle player in the corner . . . ” He looked away as though seeking a fiddle player. “And they had dancin’.” His nostrils narrowed with an indrawn breath. His eyes came back to hers. “Damn. A man oughta take a woman dancin’.”

The flutter in Maddie’s stomach moved lower.

“What kind of dancing do you do to fiddle music?”

“The spirited kind.” He let a beat pass before he continued. “But I think you’re the kinda woman a man takes slow dancin’. Someplace where there ain’t much light, so’s nobody’d see when I kissed you.”

He held her eyes, waiting for her response.

Someone down the bar hollered for Pete’s attention and he moved away. Their audience gone, Maddie swiveled on her barstool to face him straight on.

“What if I didn’t want to be kissed?” she asked, knowing her body language sent a completely different message.

“Why, ma’am . . . ” He leaned slowly closer as he spoke. “I don’t think I’d ask first.” His lips brushed hers lightly. Just a gentle touch, as though she’d been kissed almost in passing. He pulled back, but only a couple of inches. Neither of them had closed their eyes. Maddie swallowed, trying to work up some moisture in her suddenly dry mouth.

“My daddy says sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.”

“Does he?” Maddie forced out.

“Oh, yeah.” His tone was heartfelt. “And I think I may need a passel of forgivin’,” he said just before he kissed her again. 

So now that you're convinced, you're asking, "How do I win a kindle copy of this?"

It's simple. Leave a comment on this blog. On the 19th, I'll get out my magic eight ball (aka Excel's random number generator) and pick the corresponding commenter to win. You can check back on the 19th, or even better, make sure I have a way to contact you to let you know you won.

Make sure you visit the other stops on this hop as well 


  1. Nothing like a good Texas cowboy!
    msboatgal at

  2. A knight in a Stetson, now that's a nice visual. Yum. The excerpt was killer, nice job.


  3. sounds super sexy and hot add cowboy to mix and very drool worthy...cant wait to read it!

  4. Hmmmmm picturing it in my head and yum yum! *grin*

  5. Oh this sounds great,Cowboys,Knights all in one:) Perfect!!
    Thank you for the giveaway

  6. Mmmmm Looks good :) Thanks for the giveaway :)

  7. Okay, that was enough to get me to want to read it now. lol... Guess I will have to wait and see if I win. lol... Thanks for the great giveaway.

  8. Thanks for the giveaway! Love me a Texas Cowboy!


  9. What's better than a Knight-in Shining-Boots & Cowboy Hat? Keeping my fingers crossed that the "magic eight ball" picks me!! Looking forward to this series.

  10. Gotta love cowboys, especially since I'm from Texas. Thanks! Gloria

    geschumann at live dot com

  11. This books sounds like fun. Thank for the chance.

  12. This sounds like it will be a very good read. I love books with cowboys and knights.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. This does sound like a good, suspenseful romance story, and with a Texas cowboy too! I would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you for the chance.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  14. This looks very sexy good!! Thanks for the giveaway.


  15. Oh wow. This is one hot,sexy sounding book. I just love cowboys. I so can't wait to read this...LOL

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  16. Great book! Thanks for the giveaway!! Cheryl

  17. Loved the excerpt *swoon* Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

  18. I always like a cowboy! Book looks great! thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Thanks for the giveaway
    teressaoliver at gmail dot com

  20. Ooooh, love me some cowboy! Thanks for the opportunity!

    pkbw28 at gmail dot com

  21. Okay, your excerpt has me chomping at the bit. LOL Thank you for the opportunity to win your book.

    Happy Reading & Writing,
    Bona Fide Reflections

  22. Love it!! Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. I love cowboy books! This sounds awesome! Thank you!

  24. Lovely excerpt, Suzie! Thanks for giving us a tease ;)

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  25. oohohh, this sounds amazing, great tease :) I must win this lol thanks for the chance


  26. C'mon, magic 8 ball. . . . And the winner is Teressa Oliver!!

    But I hate that everyone can't take something home, so I have a consolation prize. I have a short story out on Amazon about Zach's older brother, Sol. I'm working on getting the price down to free (yes, free). Amazon won't let you list books for free, but there are ways around that. As soon as the price drops, I'll let everyone know and you can download it.

  27. great excerpt, ican hardly wait to read the rest of the book and see what happens next.
    thanks for the great giveaway.